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  Friday, 17 December 2021
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Are there any specific-format MIDI players for Windows?

Meaning a player that is restricted to just GM1 functionality, just GM2 functionality, just GS functionality, just XG functionality? Like maybe an emulator for a specific old synth or similar?

I know it's a stretch, but it would help me test things more accurately. My current player software has support for almost everything, so it ironically makes it harder to test features of my editor.
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Windows Media Player ist not a synthesizer; it merely sends MIDI messages to some port.

Hmm, yes, I suppose I meant the default Windows 98 MS Synth. IWMP currently plays back using the Yamaha SoftSynth as that is MY default.
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Windows Media Player ist not a synthesizer; it merely sends MIDI messages to some port.
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I have MIDI Player, which uses the S-YXG50 VSTi plugin. But it supports/plays everything as far as I can tell. I also have the S-YXG100Plus SoftSynth in a Win98 virtual machine, so I think maybe I'm good on the XG front.

I'll try to find VSC-MP1 to test out.

Curious if Windows Media Player from Win98 would be good for testing strictly GM1, as GM2 wasn't around until 1999?
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Roland and Yamaha made software implementations of GS and XG synthesizers (VSC-MP1, S-YXG50), but they are discontinued.

Almost all synthesizers support some part of GS; if you want to confirm that a MIDI file restricts itself to only one standard, you have to write your own checker.
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